Davids: The difference was we could score


Orlando Pirates co-coach Fadlu Davids was pleased with the side's overall display in the 2-0 win over TS Galaxy on Saturday evening.

The Buccaneers went up to second on the log courtesy of early goals in either half by Bandile Shandu and Collins Makgaka.

Davids says their goals came because they wanted to avoid transitional play, which suits the Rockets.

"Good start, in relation to both teams, the difference was we could score, get that early goal. Yes they are a team that is very direct, one of the few teams playing with two strikers," Davids said on SuperSport TV after the match.

"Balls coming into the sides, the second balls we had to manage. But we couldn't get sucked into playing their style, we had to slow down the game. I think we did that well in the first-half.

"It was very important that we score the second goal, very important that we don't get sucked into their style of play, of transition, transition.

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"The second-half was about slowing the game down, putting the foot on the ball, dominating possession and the second goal came."

In addition, Davids did not want to single out the combination of Olisa Ndah and Ntsikelelo Nyauza as the reason for their strong defence.

"Ja it's not really Ndah and Nyauza, it's really the team's structure in terms of the high press, in terms of how we put pressure high on the pitch, we're getting so many turnovers in those positions, not really capitalising on it enough but it's a work in progress, I'm really pleased with the three points," he said.

Pirates won't have much time to rest, as they will make a short trip to visit Swallows on Tuesday in the original Soweto derby.

"We had six games in 16 days, before this game it was five games in 13 and it comes with the recovery matchday plus one and the next day is recovery minus one and we go again," he added.

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